What Really Is Inside Your Facial Products

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It is without a doubt that the beauty industry is one of the highest grossing markets in the world. Worthy $24 billion for skin care, $18 billion for makeup, and $38 billion for hair care, the beauty is industry is only growing yearly, at an exponential rate of 7%.[1]

With that said, it is essential for brands to always offer new products, new methods, and new beauty tricks to compete with some of the top of the line beauty competitors leading the beauty industry. However, this may lead to brands using harmful products inside their beauty products as well as skimping out on the best ingredients possible.

With that, many brands use harmful chemicals, parabens, artificial ingredients and other harmful substances to create the many beauty scents, lotions, soaps, and products that we all love. We chose to shine light on these many harmful products by taking a deeper more detailed look at the ingredients that you should stay away from, as well as the ingredients that are the most beneficial.

The Fight To Ban Harmful Chemicals

A bit of a history lesson: there are over 1,300 individual cosmetic ingredients that are banned in Europe. These ingredients include additives in hair dyes, chemicals in shampoo, and many other harmful substances. With that said, the US is now looking into the many negative effects of using such chemicals. However, compared to Europe, the United States has only banned a total of 11 ingredients.[2] This means that in the United States there needs to be much more preventative care on the side of the consumer to ensure they are not buying harmful chemicals that can cause extremely serious and negative effects.

The most telling part of it all, is that most bills that pass in the United States are supported by the industry themselves in which they are challenging. Therefore, it is important to for consumers to become knowledgeable exactly about what is inside their beauty products. Without further of a way, lets begin the list of the most harmful chemicals you should avoid when buying any beauty product. It is important to always look at the ingredients!

Beauty Ingredients You Should Stay Away From

  1. Chelatin Agents

One of the unhealthiest chemicals in beauty products is Chelatin agents, which are also classified as skin irritants. If you are prone to skin allergies, rashes, and have sensitive skin, then Chelatin agents can rapidly increase these discomforts. These metallic impurities are common in naturally derived ingredients and if they are not removed they can discolor, reduce clarity of shampoo or toner, and make creams go rancid. With that said, they can also heavily and negatively effect the fragrance of perfumes, colognes, and other scents in your beauty products.

How To Spot Them:

  • EDTA
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Phytic Acid
  • Tetrasodium Gluetamate Diacetate

Avoid these at all costs and check the current beauty products you have.

  1. Nanomaterials

Nanomaterials have been at the center of controversy for a while. The main purpose to create nanomaterials was to create a chemical that was so small that could easily penetrate the skin. With that, many people feel that it can be quiet dangerous due to the effects it may have on the cells of the body.

  1. Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate is a natural preservative that can easily irritate the body. With that, it is found in food and drinks. However, on the skin it can lead to infections, rashes, and many other skin disturbances.

  1. Formaldehyde

This anti-bacterial agent can lead to rashes and skin irritation. With that said, they are common synthetic ingredients that can be found mainly in nail polish and body washes and shampoo. However, the effects can be serve in the long term.

How To Spot Them:

  • Quaternium-15
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • 2-Brm-2-nitropropane-1
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • 3-Diol(Bromopol)

Beauty Ingredients To Look For

With all of this information widely accessible, many companies have had to change their approach on beauty products and ingredients by supplying the demand for healthier and more organic substances, chemicals, and ingredients. Now more than ever, the wave of “organic” products has shifted a generation of people to focus more on all-natural and healthy items from food to cleaning supplies, and beauty products. With that said, let’s take a look at the ingredients you should look out for in your beauty product.

  1. Jojoba

Jojoba has been named by many, “liquid gold” and it could not be most accurate. Actually, as a chemical, jojoba is more of a liquid wave. Due to its characteristics it is easily absorbed by the skin and and becomes highly compatible with human sebum once it makes contact. With that said, it does not contain any glycerin, which makes it an extremely unique and rare oil. If you are wanting to feel healthier, have soft skin, and get it all from an all-natural ingredient, Jojoba is your friend.

  1. Glucoside

Sugar derivatives are a unique way to hydrate the skin, and glucoside is one of them, which is mainly derived from plants. On the label it goes by “cetearyl glucoside” which is an emulsifier with unique moisturizing properties.

  1. Yarrow

This extremely beneficial ingredient is rich in flavonoids, iridoids, and phenolic acid. This ingredient is known to reduce age and sun spots as well as minimize acne scars and wrinkles while leaving the skin well-toned and healthy.

  1. Antioxidants

It has been well known that antioxidants carry a wealth of benefits, especially when consumed. The same can be said when it comes towards the exterior of your body. With that said, antioxidants are the go-to ingredient when searching for the best of the best in the beauty industry. The reason they are so highly valued is because they limit the production of free radicals, which can dangerously damage skin cells in the body.

Your Skin Holds It All Together

We understand the importance of keeping the skin organ as healthy as possible. With that said, there is no better way to remedy the many negative effects of exterior chemicals than by changing what goes inside your body so you can notice positive effects. However, it is also important to not continue the use of such harmful chemicals and ingredients that may add long term negative effects to the skin. By moving towards healthier ingredients and organic products you are investing in the positive impact of this change.

[1] http://www.economist.com/node/1795852

[2] https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/GuidanceRegulation/LawsRegulations/ucm127406.htm